Howdy Gatherers and Grand Geeks! Honestly, between you and me, October is such a frustrating month. For while it should be cooling down and gearing us to be ready for the impending winter, it often feels just as hot if not hotter than the summertime that had just passed. And now with heavy dry winds on the horizon I know the warmth is just going to get more out of control. With that I must say I will find shelter some way and aim to stay hydrated while I catch up on some much needed reading. But before I do so, let’s see what looks good this week in the indie comics realm!
Chamber of Terror #1
Writer(s): Tony Kittrell, Gary Goldstein
Artist(s): Zipactli Jl, Alessio Nocerino
Cover Artist(s): Rachel Lachance, Cristian Docolomansky, Alessio Nocerino
Publisher: Advent Comics
Synopsis: “In this creepy Halloween Special, two chillingly frightening tales are told within the dark corners of the Advent Universe. In “Dark Pathways” evil comes to a small Midwestern town, and in “Djinn” a malevolent entity seeks freedom at any cost.”
Advent brings to us a compilation of two bonechilling tales to kick off the fall season as we edge that much closer to All Hallow’s Eve! In one tale we find evil coming to your quintessentially American town in the Midwest while in another we find a malevolent genie wishing to break free from his servitude by any means necessary. And honestly, if that isn’t enough to pull you in, surely the homage to the Lord of Darkness on this insanely detailed cover art surely will! I know for a fact its definitely lured me in, so I’m just gonna abandon hope now…
Writer(s): Tony Kittrell
Artist(s): Chepe Rios
Cover Artist(s): Chepe Rios
Publisher: Advent Comics
Synopsis: “In this hard-hitting crime noir/thriller Dalton Malone returns home to the mean streets of Washington, DC to search for the murderer of his friend… and to get revenge! But Malone quickly finds that trouble comes much easier than answers in his quest.”
In a season in which horror and psychological terror are the main staple of indie reading, Southside offers us a little changeup with a story centering on crime noir and suspenseful thrills. Dalton Malone finally makes it back home to Washington, D.C. to find it not only in its usual shambles but with a new purpose: to find the one that killed his friend and seek retribution. Unfortunately though his objective is quite clear and uncomplicated, the road to that end is met with far too many obstacles. Suffice it to say, it won’t be an easy time for him, but it will be one gritty journey to say the least!
Billy the Kit #1
Writer(s): Justin Gray
Artist(s): Barry McClain
Cover Artist(s): Barry McClain
Publisher: Blue Juice Comics
Synopsis: “The Wild West has never been wilder! Introducing Billy the Kit, featuring a gunslinging rabbit seeking revenge against the Tornado God that killed his family. Why was this sickly, skinny rabbit spared such a gruesome fate? What makes him so special? With the help of Luther the Goat, a profanity-spewing martial arts master, Billy relies on faith, magical firearms, and Kung Fu to wage war against the pagan gods and monsters of a bygone era. Co-created by Ringo-Award winning writer Justin Gray and artist Barry McClain Jr., digital paints by Slamet Mujiono.”
I’m particularly fond of any story that involves fantasy, but if you include hints of the Wild West in the narrative, then I’m even more on board with the idea! Follow the story of Billy the Kit, a pistolero rabbit seeking vengeance against elemental spirits for the murder of his family and waging war against monsters and minions of a bygone era!
And there we have it for the week, folks! Tales of gunslinging rabbits of the arcane-based Wild West combined with suspenseful crime noir tales of vengeance and even horrific tales of dark lords and evil genies. These tales and more await you at the mere click of a button on your keyboards or at the touch of a screen on your tablets and/or phones. But remember, it is but a short drive or walk to your local comic store in most cases to get the hardcopy issues themselves, so head down to them this Wednesday and get your indie fix in! Read them and share with your friends. Start a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly, remember…GGG!